Here in the Detroit area, we have an amazing zoo, perhaps one of the best in the nation. They have just about every animal you want to see, including a recently built penguin center that is state of the art. We went last year right before Thanksgiving on a super nice day and loved every moment. They also have Wild Lights, a Christmas light display that everyone raves about.
In addition to the zoo, we have a Sea Life Aquarium. We visited there last year as well, and it blew us away. The fish and turtles and octopus and starfish. It was a delight and we would love to go back and pay the Belle Isle Aquarium a visit.
Here’s the thing about zoos and aquariums: tickets can be incredibly expensive, and for many families they are an unnecessary indulgence. That’s really unfortunate because zoos and aquariums offer a chance for kids to be … well … kids, having fun and learning at the same time. Learning is best when it’s the sneaky sidekick to having a blast.
Stonyfield, the country’s leading organic yogurt maker, is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of America for the #FutureLeaders campaign. The Boys and Girls Club is such a great organization and we supported them by going to Taste of Troy earlier this year. It was super fun and all for a great cause.
The #FutureLeaders campaign is all about giving kids the chance to visit zoos and aquariums. Stonyfield is matching donations to the #FutureLeaders campaign up to $125,000 with the goal of raising $250,000. This donation is the latest milestone in Stonyfield’s support of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction(R) program, which fosters conservation efforts for 10 endangered species.
I’m proud to be supporting Stonyfield’s initiative and love that they want to help America’s youth.
It also happens that Stonyfield yogurt is amazing! And it’s better for way more than eating right out of the container, though it’s pretty hard to resist in its original form. The yogurt is the star of Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats. This easy to make, gluten free breakfast is packed with flavor and nutrition.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Stonyfield, but all opinions, as always, are mine.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, yogurt, milk, cinnamon, and ginger. Just use the yogurt container to measure the milk. Once it is well combined, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight, at least eight hours.
- When ready to eat, stir in the apple, divide the oatmeal into portions and top with walnuts. Serve immediately.